Alberta Badlands, Dinosaurs, Lakes & Glaciers Self-Drive
- 9 days car hire
- Ice explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
- Admission to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller
Explore everything Southern Alberta has to offer. Visit Fort Mcleod, a designated heritage site as well as the location of one of Canada’s Signature experiences – groom and prepare your horse for Canada’s famous Musical Ride. Next stop, Pincher Creek make sure you visit Lunbrek Falls. Follow your suggested itinerary along to the amazing, Waterton Lakes National Park, flanked by the Rockies; filled with great ‘photo ops’ and inspiring scenery. Off to Lethbridge, Southern Alberta’s largest city and the Medicine Hat to round out your Southern Alberta Itinerary.
Upon arrival into Calgary International Airport make your way to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore.
Today you will be transferred from your Calgary Airport Hotel to the Motorhome pick up location. Collect your vehicle and head south on Highway 2 to the Fort McLeod area.
Downtown Fort Macleod boasts original architecture dating from 1897 through 1914. Visit the Fort Macleod Museum with its reconstructed pioneer buildings and photographs of the Fort, the Mounted Police and the southern Alberta Indians. Enjoy the musical ride presented daily in the summer months by a mounted patrol. A short hop northwest of Fort Macleod is Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a not-to-be-missed UNESCO designated heritage site. Used by native people for nearly 6000 years as an annual buffalo hunt site, the hunt provided food, clothing, shelter and tools.
Pincher Creek was established by the North West Mounted Police in 1878 as an outpost to raise replacement horses for the troops stationed at Fort McLeod nestled in the beautiful grasslands near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The town is situated on Highway 6 just south of Highway 3 which heads west to the most southerly route through the Rockies at Crowsnest Pass. Continuing south from Pincher Creek, Highway 6 ends at the entrance to Waterton Lakes National Park. Although the region near Pincher Creek was mined for coal in the early part of the 20th century, today the town is a centre for energy producing wind farms.
Today you will continue south on Highway 6 to Waterton Lakes National Park.
Waterton Lakes National Park comprises an area of 525 sq km (325.5 sq. mi.) and abuts Glacier National Park in Montana. In 1995 UNESCO declared Waterton a World Heritage Site. Although relatively small for a national park, this exquisite gem offers spectacular mountain and prairie scenery.
The unspoiled Waterton Townsite is the jump-off point for this lovely park. Outdoor enthusiasts will be entranced with the hiking, climbing and camping opportunities. Walk, bike, horseback ride, picnic, cross-country ski and snowshoe the wonderful variety of trails. Boat, windsurf and fish the Waterton lakes. Take an informative tour of the area by boat or bus. Marvel at the abundant wildlife including elk, bear and cougar. Golf at the beautiful 18-hole local course.
The city of Lethbridge, third largest in Alberta, grew out of notorious Fort Whoop-Up. The Fort was established in 1869 by Americans wanting to trade illegal whiskey with the Plains Indians for buffalo skins and robes. They were routed by the North West Mounted Police in 1874 and Lethbridge was founded in its place. Situated 216 km (134 mi.)
Visit the interpretive centre at the reconstructed replica of Fort Whoop-Up. Don't miss the serenely beautiful Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden created in 1967 as a centennial project and symbolizing Japanese and Canadian friendship. Spend time in the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Bowman Arts Centre and the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives. Picnic and hike the trails in Indian Battle Park. Stroll the stunning campus complex of the University of Lethbridge.
Medicine Hat is located in southeastern Alberta at the junction of the TransCanada and Crowsnest Highways. Plan to tour the Clay Industries National Historic sites, especially the old Medalta plant, once a supplier of fine china for all Canadian Pacific hotels. Marvel at the Saamis Teepee, the world's largest teepee standing nearly 20 stories tall. Spend time exploring the past in the Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery. Enjoy swimming, boating and fishing at Echo Dale Park.
Today you will head Northwest on Highway 1 to Calgary where you will return your Motorhome and spend a night at Calgary Airport before you take your flight back to the UK